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White Christmas (U) 120min ●●●● New digital print of this Christmas staple. GFT, Glasgow and Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 12-Wed 24 Dec.

North Face (12A) 121min ●●● Exciting historical adventure recounting the dangerous ascent of the Eiger in 1936 by two Bavarian soldiers. Think Touching the Void but with Nazis. Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 12-Wed 24 Dec.

Dean Spanley (U) 100min ●●● Interesting character driven drama set in Edwardian England about the relationship between a crusty old Boer War veteran, his good natured son and an eccentric Indian man. The excellent cast includes Peter O’Toole, Bryan Brown and Sam Neill. General release from Fri 12 Dec.

Bicycle Thieves (U) 88min ●●●●● Beautifully restored print of Vittoria De Sica’s 1948 Italian neo-realist masterpiece. Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Fri 19 Dec-Thu 1 Jan.

La Boheme (PG) 114min ●●● Decent film version of classic opera. Selected release from Fri 19 Dec.

The Tale of Despereaux (U) 93min ●●● British animated feature about the medieval adventures of a mouse, a rat and a servant girl. General release from Fri 19 Dec.

Bedtime Stories (PG) 90min ●● Adam Sandler family fantasy about a man who can make bedtime stories come to life. Better than the thematically similar Inkheart (see review) but only just. General release from Fri 26 Dec.

Yes Man (12A) 104min ●●● Enjoyable if totally inane comedy based on British writer Danny Wallace’s book about a year spent saying ‘yes’ to everything. Jim Carrey stars, Peyton The Break-Up Reed directs. General release from Fri 26 Dec.

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 (12A) 117min ●● The girls with the adaptable pair of jeans are back in unsurprising retread of first film. General release from Fri 2 Jan.

OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies (12A) 99min ●●● Silly and quite funny French James Bond spoof. GFT, Glasgow from Fri 2-Thu 8 Jan.

Alexandra (PG) 95min ●●●● Poignant Chechnyan tale from Alexandr Sokurov, Russia’s most feted living filmmaker. Filmhouse from Fri 26-Mon 29 Dec. GFT, Glasgow from Fri 2-Sun 4 Jan.

Bicycle Thieves

  • 5 stars
  • 1948
  • Italy
  • 88 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Vittorio De Sica
  • Cast: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Vittorio Antonucci

Beautifully restored print of Vittoria De Sica's 1948 Italian neo-realist masterpiece.

White Christmas

  • 4 stars
  • 1954
  • US
  • 120 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Michael Curtiz
  • Written by: Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, Melvin Frank
  • Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes

Christmas staple starring Crosby and Kaye as a song-and-dance troupe who become involved with a sister act.

North Face

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • Germany
  • 121 min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Philipp Stölzl
  • Written by: Christoph Silber, Rupert Henning, Johannes Naber, Phillip Stölzl
  • Cast: Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek, Ulrich Tukur

Exciting historical adventure recounting the dangerous ascent of the Eiger in 1936 by two Bavarian soldiers. Think 'Touching the Void' but with Nazis.

Alexandra (Aleksandra)

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • Russia/France
  • 95 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Aleksandr Sokurov
  • Written by: Aleksandr Sokurov
  • Cast: Galina Vishnevskaya

Poignant Chechnyan tale from filmmaker Sokurov, Russia's most fêted living filmmaker.

Dean Spanley

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • New Zealand/UK
  • 100 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Toa Fraser
  • Cast: Jeremy Northam, Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Judy Parfitt, Dudley Sutton

Interesting character driven drama set in Edwardian England about the relationship between a crusty old Boer War veteran, his good natured son and an eccentric Indian man.

The Tale of Despereaux

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • UK/US
  • 93 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Rob Stevenhagen, Sam Fell
  • Written by: Gary Ross, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Rob Stevenhagen
  • Cast: Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Frances Conroy, Tony Hale, Ciarán Hinds, Dustin Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Kevin Kline, Frank Langella, Christopher Lloyd, William H Macy, Tracey Ullman

British animated feature about the medieval adventures of a mouse, a rat and a servant girl.

Bedtime Stories

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 90 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Adam Shankman
  • Written by: Matt Lopez, Tim Herlihy
  • Cast: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand, Richard Griffiths, Teresa Palmer, Lucy Lawless, Courteney Cox

Family fantasy about a man who can make bedtime stories come to life.

Yes Man

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 104 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peyton Reed
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Terence Stamp, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Danny Masterson, Maile Flanagan, Rhys Darby

Enjoyable if totally inane comedy based on British writer Danny Wallace's book about a year spent saying 'yes' to everything.

Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2

  • 2 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 117 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sanaa Hamri
  • Written by: Elizabeth Chandler, Ann Brashares (novels)
  • Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Shohreh Aghdashloo

The girls with the adaptable pair of jeans return with an unsurprising retread of the first film.

La Boheme

  • 3 stars
  • 2008
  • Austria/Germany
  • 114 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Dornheim
  • Cast: Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, George Von Bergen

Decent film version of classic opera.

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